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Fifth finalist selected for interim Leesburg Town Council appointment

A fifth Leesburg resident will be among those being considered for an interim appointment to Town Council tonight.

At tonight's special organizational meeting, Josh Thiel will be included among the candidates for consideration of appointment as an interim council member. The other four candidates are Jed Babbin, Rusty Foster, Hugh Forsythe and Gwen Pangle.

The position came open following Kelly Burk's election to mayor. An interim appointee will serve in her council spot until a special election can be held, most likely in November.
Over the weekend, council members recognized that there was a miscommunication that had occurred with the scoring system used to rank all interested candidates, of which there were originally 13. As a result, Thiel accepted an invitation to join the group of finalist candidates to make a presentation to council.
Each of the five finalists will make a brief presentation at council’s organizational meeting tonight at 5 p.m. Town Hall in Council Chambers. Each candidate will address three questions: Why are you interested in filling the vacant seat on Town Council? What unique skills or experience do you offer? What are the top three priorities you think council should be focused on over the next two years?

In addition to the potential appointment of an interim council member, the organizational meeting includes several other items for council consideration including the date of the special election, meeting calendar for the year, a potential retreat to set goals and priorities and appointments to boards and commissions.


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